Saturday, July 14, 2012
Hello! As you can see, my family is all packed up and ready hop onto a plane and take off tonight. Excitement is raging inside of me. I take delight in the smell and atmosphere of airports, it's the smell and atmosphere of adventure. Yes, Angelica, I used the word. I often find myself spending the early hours of dawn rummaging through pages of travel magazines and web pages, aimlessly admiring each corner of our planet. Being less than a 48 hour flight from anywhere in the world, I can’t help but yearn to discover everything that our planet has to offer. I take every opportunity I get to be able to walk into the airport and admire the busy, ‘on-the-go’ lifestyles of people who are acquainted with this every day. How lucky they are to hear the comforting sound of luggage rolling on the loading bridge, and witness the anxious faces of new immigrants and blissful smiles and tears of reuniting families on a daily basis. Tonight, I will be a part of that experience and just the thought of that makes me squirm.
I apologize for a spam of posts for the next month or so. Ina insists that I update her about my trip, but I honestly have no will to create another blog to add to my collection. So I guess, since this blog was supposed to be a so called "travel blog" anyways, it's my only resort.
The past few days could only be described as paradise on Earth, as I attempted to make the best of my last July days in Vancouver. Thursday was spent bike trailing through Fleetwood with Paula and Therese. It was quite the work out, bearing in mind that I haven't had physical education class for the past year.
Yesterday was a day of exploring and ball-parking each of our routes. Angelica, Robert, Ceej and I finally fulfilled our long awaited, eight month planned, trip to Nando's. For dessert, we each had a refreshing cup of frozen yogurt from Menchie's. Being the explorer he is, Robert took us to a park he found by "driving around". Apparently he went HAM after he got his license LOL. There, we enjoyed the lion-looking sunset, the mud between our toes, and the lightning storm that was taking place across the bay.
My freedom has definitely taken a giant leap this past year. Summer isn't even half over, but I can already say that this is the best it's ever been.
Hope everyone's having just as much fun!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Three more days until I depart from my beautiful, British Columbia to head off to the motherland. I can't seem to decipher how I feel towards this particular trip. I have developed such a deep-rooted love for both of my "homes"- each so different, but both bearers of such special places in my heart. Although a month is incomparable and unable to make up for the five years that I've been away from the Philippines, I will surely miss my family, friends and Vancouver in general, dearly.
Sigh. Thinking about my trip has made me realize how much packing I've left for the last minute, how many speeches I still need to write for each family reunion/birthday/celebration, and how many songs I need to practice and memorize. There's always tomorrow, right?
On the brighter side, I am psyched to set foot on an airplane again. I'll finally be able to quench my long-time thirst to travel, and to document the culture there (if it hasn't already been taken over by American culture).
Less about that, more about today! I know I've already posted photos on instagram and facebook, but if you're cool enough to stumble across this blog, feast your eyes on some exclusive photos! :)
This past week we've been blessed with flawless summer weather, day after day. Unfortunately, the lazy side of me has been telling me not to haul my camera around and I've been stubborn enough to listen to it. - BUT Lazy Camille, no more!
In the efforts to preserve some of my Summer here in Vancouver, I've done my best to make time for each of my friends before I leave for the Philippines. Today was definitely a day worth mentioning. Although it wasn't anything out of the ordinary, sometimes simple is best! A spontaneous picnic with Ina was enough to keep a smile on my face for the day. Even after missing my bus and having to wait an hour for the next one, the end was definitely worthwhile.